An overview of the place of Israel in the history of the Jewish people and critical turning points in the land over a 4,000-year period.
Melton Travel Seminar
- The Wrestling With the Angels Seminar, taking place in Israel, is open to adults who enjoy in-depth Jewish educational travel, including all Melton students and graduates.
- Accommodations: 10 nights
- Meals: Breakfast and one additional meal daily
- Educational Programming: All entrance fees and programs as per the Melton itinerary.
DAY ONE: Monday
Meet in hotel lobby at 1:30 p.m.
Campus or Sanctuary: Between Ideals and Reality
A special exploration of the Hebrew University, Mount Scopus campus
Who Are We and Why Are We in Israel?
Introductions and Reflections
DAY TWO: Tuesday
FATEFUL DECISIONS DURING THE FIRST AND SECOND TEMPLE PERIODS
Why Jerusalem? Study session overlooking The City of David
Field trip to the Jewish Quarter
Group lunch in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City
Days of Glory; Days of Destruction
Exploration of the Herodian Mansion in the Old City
Summary Session: Why Was The Temple Destroyed?
Tour of the Western Wall Tunnels
A visit to the Israel Museum and The Shrine of the Book (optional)
Dinner at leisure
DAY THREE: Wednesday
IN APOCALYPTIC TIMES
Early departure for Dead Sea region
The Dead Sea Sect: Rejecting the Center in the Struggle for Light
Field trip to Qumran
Masada: Fighters for the Future of the Jewish People?
Field trip to Masada
Swim in the Dead Sea OR
Study Session: Bar Kochba: True or False Messiah?
Group dinner in Jerusalem
DAY FOUR: Thursday
NEW CITIES FROM OLD - JEWISH CULTURE REDEFINED IN A CHANGED REALITY
A City Rises From the Dunes
Explore earliest neighborhoods beyond the walls of Jaffa
"We Hereby Declare the Establishment of a Jewish State…"
Explore the growing city, including Rothschild Boulevard, where Ben Gurion declared Israel's Independence
Lunch in central Tel Aviv
Can We Build Anew by Learning from Our Past?
Bialik in Tel Aviv- Then and Now
Study session in Bialik's house in central Tel Aviv
The Day the Music Died...
A visit to Kikar Rabin
Group dinner in the Yemenite Quarter of Tel Aviv
DAY FIVE: Friday
FATEFUL DECISIONS - THE CITIZENS' PERSPECTIVES
Symbols and Signs - Mapping Jerusalem's Multi-faceted Population
Study session, followed by field trip to Jerusalem neighborhoods
Free time; Preparations for Shabbat
Lekha Dodi Likrat Kallah
Candle-lighting at King David's Tomb on Mt. Zion
Evening service at the Kotel
Traditional dinner: Se'udat Shabbat
Group discussion and reflections
Overnight - Jerusalem
DAY SIX: Saturday
Morning Services at Synagogue(s) of choice
Study session: Parshat Hashavua: A Look at the Weekly Torah Portion
Choice of Walking Tours:
- The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai OR
- Along King David Street: Three Buildings, Three Faiths, Three Agendas
Se'udah Shlisheet - late afternoon snack and schmooze
Dinner and evening at leisure
DAY SEVEN: Sunday
FATEFUL DECISIONS IN THE WAKE OF THE DESTRUCTION OF THE SECOND TEMPLE
Travel north to Caesarea
Between Caesarea and Jerusalem - Two World Views
Field trip and study session at Caesarea
Lunch at leisure
The Period of the Mishna: Responding to New Jewish Realities
Field trip and study session at Beit Shearim OR Tsippori
Drive further north to Tsfat
Study session: The Fable of the Goat
DAY EIGHT: Monday
FROM OLD TO NEW (ZIONIST) JEWS: TWO VISIONS OF REDEMPTION
Building Community in Anticipation of Redemption
Exploration of story and synagogues of Tsfat
Lunch at leisure
"Deep River; My Heart is Over Jordan…"
Rafting on the Jordan River (weather permitting)
Of Farmers and Poets: What Motivated the New Jew?
Field trip to Kinneret Farm and Kinneret Cemetery
Group dinner in Tiberias
Overnight: at the Kinneret
DAY NINE: Tuesday
FROM 67 to '67... AND BEYOND: FATEFUL DECISIONS - THEN AND NOW
Options on the Syrian Front
"From Here you Look Seven-Fold Larger..." Overview into Galilee Panhandle from Golan Heights and examination of the period leading to the 1967 War
Yom HaDin: What Went Wrong?
Stop at sites connected to the Yom Kippur War and examination of outbreak of Yom Kippur War in 1973.
Lunch in Katzrin, “Capital” of the Golan
My Past; My Future/Our Past, Our Future
Meeting in Katzrin with resident of the Golan
What Do We Learn From the Story of Gamla?
Visit the Golan Archaeological Museum in Katzrin
Make our way back to Jerusalem
Evening at leisure
DAY TEN: Wednesday
DIFFICULT FREEDOM: DILEMMAS OF SOVEREIGNTY
Israel and the Holocaust: What Meaning Has Been Given to the Holocaust in Israeli Collective Memory?
Site visit and study session at Yad VaShem
Lunch at leisure
Land and Compromise: Addressing one of Israel's Central Challenges
* Study session at hotel
* Departure for home hospitality and dinner
* Encounter with differing viewpoints on the issue
DAY ELEVEN: Thursday
BACK TO THE FUTURE
Symbols of Sovereignty
A visit to Mt. Herzl
"And the Children Will Return to Their Borders..."
Stop at Kibbutz Ramat Rachel
S.Y. Agnon as Symbol
A visit and study session in the home of the Nobel Laureate
Lunch at leisure
Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going To?
Closing activity evaluating the seminar
Festive farewell dinner
NOTE: Please try to arrange flights from 11:45 p.m. on, so as to enjoy the dinner with the group.
Note: Itinerary subject to change. Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays observed in the destinations being visited.
Details will be available soon.
Note: We will do our best to assist you with extensions both before and after the seminar.
Flight ArrangementsWe will be pleased to assist you in any and all flight arrangements, including additional travel plans, through our partners at Gil Travel. Please contact Neha at +215-568-6655 ext.366 with your flight requests.
Need to Know
- Group rates are per person based on double occupancy and a minimum of 15 fully paying participants per bus. Should the number of participants drop below the minimum listed above, we may adjust the cost of the trip to reflect the additional expense of operating the program.
- Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, special dinners, sightseeing, admissions, luggage handling and the services of local guides, drivers, and the tour guide/educator are included.
- A non-refundable sum of $500 is required for registration. This sum will be put towards the overall cost of the seminar. If the seminar is cancelled, the registration fee will be refunded.
- Hotel Accommodations: The tour price includes all hotel accommodations, in hotel rooms with private bathrooms. Our standard is to provide the best available hotels while considering value. Although the level of the accommodations may differ slightly from hotel to hotel, we are committed to your comfort. Two-bed rooms are reserved in most hotels. Triples are two-bed rooms with a rollaway cot where available and are not recommended when considering the comfort of those in the room. King-size beds are not available in most hotels; what is considered king-size usually consists of two single beds pushed together and made up separately, but with one headboard. Some two-bed rooms may have two twin - not full- or queen-size - beds.
- Meals are included as indicated in the itinerary. All meals provided in Israel are kosher. In travel beyond Israel, group meals are kosher unless otherwise specified. Participants can order additional kosher meals at prices set by our local agents.
- All trips are conducted by a Melton educator who remains with the group throughout the tour.
- Gratuities Included: All gratuities for restaurant staff are included.
- Baggage: The Travel Agent and/or Tour Operator, shall not be held responsible for any damage to or loss of luggage/personal items. All damage/loss must be reported at time of incident and documented in writing by local authorities for submission to the insurance company. With regard to airline baggage allowance, different carriers have different regulations for business and coach, please check with your individual carrier with regard to permitted number of pieces, weights and dimensions. The tour operator is not responsible for fees levied by any air carrier for the transport of personal belongings of any kind.
- Porterage at hotels. Please note that room service is not included.
- Flights and personal insurance are not included.
- Transfers from / to the airport unless as part of an organized group travelling together.
- Personal Expenses, including meals not mentioned above or drinks during meals, unless specified above, or room service.
- Travel and health Insurance.
- Airline Security Measures: In the U.S., you must provide identification in the form of a passport at the time of airport check-in for travel to international destinations. Your passport name must match the name on your tour reservation and airline ticket or you may be denied boarding.
- If you are traveling from an airport outside the jurisdiction of the U.S, you will need to determine what travel documentation and identification is required for that particular airport.
- Due to heightened security regulations, certain items such as a metal nail file, pocketknife, cigarette lighter or tweezers, and some liquid, gel, or aerosol items may not be permitted in your carry-on luggage. Please call your airline prior to departure to obtain current information on non-permissible carry-on items and recommended airport check-in times. You may also wish to visit the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.gov to obtain more information on acceptable identity documentation and prohibited luggage items.
- Holidays and Museum Closures - Museum visits and personal shopping time may be disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances or the many religious, state and local holidays observed in the destinations being visited.
- Photography During Tours: We will occasionally use photographs taken by fellow guests or your trip director for promotional purposes. If you prefer that your photo not be used in any marketing activities, please notify us at the start of your tour.
We strongly recommend that comprehensive health coverage and trip cancellation insurance be purchased.
Gil Travel recommends RoamRight Travel Insurance. Consider travel protection for:
- Trip Cancellation
- Trip Interruption
- Emergency Medical Expenses
- Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation of Remains
- Trip Delay
- Baggage & Personal Effects
- Baggage Delay and more…
Please Note: To be eligible for the waiver of pre-existing medical condition exclusion, the protection plan must be purchased within 21 days from the time you make your initial trip deposit, the entire non-refundable amount of the trip must be insured, and you must be medically able to travel at the time the premium is paid. However, the travel protection plan itself can be purchased any time prior to departure.